LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The same year the Beatles invaded the U.S., the Lafayette Jeff Bronchos took home the state basketball title.
Ten members of that team along with the head cheerleader from 1964 were honored at halftime Thursday evening during the Jeff-McCutcheon game.
The Bronchos won the title game 58-55 over Huntington.
Starting at guard on that team was Jack Walkey. He credited the athleticism of his teammates and the support of the community as key to becoming state champions in 1964.
He remembers the playoff run like it was yesterday, adding that his team was driven to win after coming up short in the state title the previous year.
“You were in the trenches with them, overcame some things, and got it done,” said Walkey.
Walkey says he’ll never forget his team’s state championship, adding that it’s something no one can take away from him or his teammates.